Poor healthcare facilities trigger tension in Balangir

People of Balangir are celebrating their young MP’s participation in a SAARC conference. And, now I read this piece of news from Balangir. Balangir Medical College is a dead issue because of people of Balangir. Why blame only netas?

Following report is from Prameya News7:

Bhubaneswar: Dozens of locals on Friday gheraoed the Bolangir CDMO’s office demanding explanation on negligence in providing healthcare and other problems plaguing the hospital.

Problems always seem to be a part of Balangir District Headquarter Hospital with sometimes issues like improper sanitation facilities and sometimes denigrated healthcare facilities coming to the fore. With shortage of staff in the hospital the problems have only worsened so far.

The aggrieved locals protested that in spite of presence of doctors patients are not treated well.

“Most of the times doctors spend their duty hours at their private clinics rather than hospital while nurses treat patients,” a person said adding “even most of the times serious patients also do not get beds for admission into the hospital while nurses treat their kin badly.”

Amid such scenario, recently a patient named Iswar Chandra Mishra of Barpalli area, who was admitted in the hospital died due to wrong medication from nurses while doctors were absent during their duty hours. This has led to protests in the hospital premises.

While queried on the issue, CDMO Rabi Narayan Tripathy indirectly confessed the mistake on behalf of the hospital authorities saying that protests are very general as it was their mistake.

“I know how it feels. There was wrong dosage during medication. Protests are very normal as we have committed a mistake,” he said.

August 21, 2016 at 8:55 am Leave a comment

Telagngana leaders headed by Prof Venkataswamy back Koshal state demand

Following is a report from the Daily Pioneer:

The Telangana Joint Action Committee would extend all support to the agitation in support of formation of s separate State of Kosal in Odisha. This was announced to the media at a Press conference here on Monday at the end of visit of a delegation of Telagngana leaders headed by Prof K Venkataswamy.

The demand for a separate Kosal State is “absolutely justified.” Political representatives of this area should also extend their support for this movement, opined Venkataswamy.

Venkataswamy spoke in brief about the struggle, agitation of people of the Telangana region to get the separate Telangana State.

“There may be differences. You may fight separately to realise the goal of getting a separate Kosal State. But don’t work in opposite ways which would undermine your struggle for a separate Kosal State,” advised Prof Venkataswamy.

It is the duty of Prime Minister Modi to look into the demand of the people of this region for formation a separate Kosal State as the BJP is in support of smaller States for better governance, said Venkataswamy further.

Earlier, Leader of Kosal State Coordination Committee Pramod Mishra spoke in brief about the Kosal movement from the beginning till today and urged people to support the demand for s separate Kosal State  wholeheartedly for better growth and development of Kosalanchal.

August 14, 2016 at 10:08 am Leave a comment

Mahanadi issue, western Odisha and Chatisgarh

A large number of poor people from Nuapada, Kalahandi, Balangir, Sonepur and Bargarh districts are working as rickshaw puller and daily laborer in Raipur and other cities of Chatisgad. These people prefer to work in Raipur, and not in Bhubaneswar because of ease of language understanding.

The current Odisha government should try to resolve the Mahanadi issue by dialogue through proper channel. Unnecessary blocking of trains, and violent protests against Chatisgad will create problem for poor Koshali people living in Raipur and other cities.

CM Naveen Patnaik must resolve this matter with utmost care!

August 14, 2016 at 9:45 am Leave a comment

Development of Jharsuguda airport to be completed by June 2018

Following is a report by IANS published in OTV:

Bhubaneswar: The development of Jharsuguda airport in Odisha will be completed by June 2018, an official said on Tuesday.

Taking a review meeting, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi directed the Airport Authority of India (AAI), Jharsuguda District Collector and other officials to complete all the defined works within the scheduled time.

Padhi said that Jharsuguda Airport is being developed through joint funding from AAI and the Government of Odisha.

The state government had signed an agreement with AAI on July 30, 2014, to develop the airstrip at an estimated cost of Rs 210 crore to make it the state’s second largest operational airport, after Biju Patnaik International Airport.

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While the state government would put in Rs 75 crore, AAI would provide the remaining Rs 135 crore to develop the airport, said an official.

AAI has been handed over 106.23 acres of land out of which 51.8 acres is government land, and 54.43 acres is private land. Stage-1 clearance has been obtained for 9.6 acres of forest land, the official said.

The tender has been awarded for works like construction of pavement, passenger terminal building, service block, ATC tower and staff quarters.

August 9, 2016 at 5:00 pm 1 comment

Classes to begin at eight Model Degree Colleges this year in Odisha

Following is a report from Prameya News7:

Bhubaneswar: Classes at the eight Model Degree Colleges established in educationally backward districts in the State will start from the current academic session with the Higher Education department releasing the list of subjects to be taught in these colleges on Saturday.

The Model Degree Colleges were opened in Malkangiri, Nabarangpur, Rayagada, Boudh, Deogarh, Nuapada, Subarnapur and Nayagarh districts. Three streams like Arts, Science and Commerce will be there in these colleges.

As per the notification, while 160 seats will be there in Arts and Science streams, 80 seats will be available for Commerce stream.

Besides the compulsory subjects like English, Odia, Environmental Studies in the three streams, Honours subjects like Economics, Education, Sociology, Political Science, and Anthropology will be available in Arts stream while Honours facility in the subjects like Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Botany and Zoology will be available in Science stream. Commerce honours subjects will also available in these colleges.

The gross enrolment ratio (GER) in these districts is lower than the State’s average of 11.3 per cent , which the Government intends to improve to 30% by 2022.

The colleges are to come up under the Central Government’s Model Degree College (MDC) scheme, mooted during the UPA-I regime for the country’s 374 districts with poor gross enrolment ratio (GER). The GER is the number of enrolled students as against every hundred eligible students.

The State has currently 720 degree colleges with a capacity to admit 2.16 lakh students.

July 21, 2016 at 8:51 am Leave a comment

Update on Khordha-Balangir rail link

Following is a report from the TNIE:

BHUBANESWAR: Expressing displeasure over the “tardy” progress of the Rajsunakhala-Bolagada section of the Khordha-Bolangir rail line, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik today asked transport department to ensure that Nayagarh town is connected by March next year.

At a high level meeting here, Patnaik expressed his displeasure while reviewing the progress of Rajsunakhala- Bolagarh section which had earlier been targeted to be completed by June, 2016.

Stating that the rail link was of great importance to the state, Patnaik directed the officials to complete land acquisition, obtain clearance from the Forest and Environment Ministry at the earliest to expedite the project.

He also directed the officials to ensure rail connectivity to Sonepur by expediting the work being undertaken from Balangir side.

The Chief Minister asserted that the state government was providing all cooperation for the rail projects and expects its timely completion.

He lauded the land acquisition process in Nayagarh, Bolangir, Boudh, Subarnpur districts and directed the revenue department officials to keep constant track in that regard.

The state government has promised 50 per cent of the expenditures to be incurred for the Khurda-Bolangir project besides providing land free of cost for the 289 km rail link.

So far land for 109 km has been transferred to the railways for the project.

Talking to mediapersons after the meeting, Transport Minister Ramesh Majhi said, “As per the directive of the Chief Minister, the work started from Bolangir side last December.

The target is to complete the 16-km railway line work by 2018.”

The survey work for the Khurda-Bolangir rail project was done way back in 1945. It had a budget of Rs 1,100 crore.

The project is expected to benefit five districts Nayagarh, Khurda, Boudh, Sonepur and Bolangir

July 18, 2016 at 4:46 pm 1 comment

Farmers insecure over dams on the Mahanadi

Following report is from The Statesman:

Farmers across Western Odisha feel insecure over the war of words between the ruling BJD and Opposition BJP regarding construction of dams and barrages upstream of river Mahanadi by the Chhattisgarh government.

The Hirakud command area spreads across 935 square kilometer and water from the reservoir irrigates both during the kharif and rabi season. If the water is retained in Chhattisgarh, a large stretch of this area will starve of irrigation during the non-monsoon seasons.

“Instead of adopting a confrontationist attitude, the Odisha government should talk to the BJP and the Chhattisgarh government. They should work together and find a solution beneficial to farmers of both the states,” said G Suryanarayn, a leading farmer of Gourtikra village in Bargarh district coming under the Hirakud command area.
“Political statements by BJD or BJP will not solve the problem, it is farmers of the state who will be at the losing end”, he remarked.

Similarly, Ramsagar Sahu, another leading farmer under the Sasan canal system sees the political gamesmanship of the BJD as disastrous for farmers.

Instead of threatening agitations, the CM ought to have talked to his Chhattisgarh counterpart and arranged for a meeting between officers of both the states.

“Had Biju Patnaik been alive he would have picked up the telephone and spoken to the Chhattisgarh CM rather than allow his party workers make meaningless noises,” he remarked.

Bijay Behera, a businessman cum environmentalist said the BJP leaders in Odisha are a worried lot as they understand the political fallout if Chhattisgarh goes ahead with the projects. Even industrial circles are worried as they fear that once there is less inflow of water to Hirakud, industrial water used will be the first casualty since the policy for using water is drinking, irrigation , power generation and then industrial use.

It may be recalled that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has written a letter to the Prime Minister drawing his attention to the construction of barrage and dams by the Chhattisgarh government and questioning the silence of the Central Water Commission. The ruling BJD has adopted a resolution objecting to such ‘ arbitrary’ decisions taken by the Chhattisgarh government and said it will voice its protest at every given forum. The Opposition Congress and BJP have, on their part demanded an all party meeting to discuss the issue.

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Narasingha Mishra has also written to the PM and the CM. He suggested that he was willing to convene all party meeting, if the CM , for some inexplicable reason is reluctant to do so.

July 18, 2016 at 4:38 pm 1 comment

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